Part 1

On this episode of Live Like An Acrobat Shenea Stiletto announces her Circuspreneur Blog and speaks with her first ever special guest an innovator in the aerial fitness world Aerial Fitness Bodies founder Stuart McKenzie. Stuart McKenzie is a World Renowned Acrobaticgymnast and decades long Cirque Du Soleil performer. His Cirque appearances include Saltimbanco, Kooza, Kurios, and Mystere. He most recently launched his online aerial fitness business ‘Aerial Fitness Bodies’ where he has developed a home & travel friendly hand loop fitness strap for the cirque community & fitness demographics. 


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Part 2


Shenea Stiletto: Hi Stuart, or Stu, thank you so much for taking the time to speak on live like an acrobat. How are you today? 

To give a little background  for our listeners Stu and I competed during the same era in acrobatic gymnastics and have known each other for quite some time. Our last professional circus run in was at Cirque Du Soleil’s Headquarters in Montreal when I was intensely preparing for my handbalancing role as the promise in Varekai. I believe you were in creation/rehearsal during that time Stu? 

I wanted to start by saying how grateful I am that you created your coaching platform Aerial Fitness bodies. It’s given myself and other coaches in the circus and fitness communities the opportunity to provide high quality training during such extraordinary times we are living in. Aerial Fitness bodies has been an immediate grounding presence in my life and granted me the support to give grounding to my students as well, which I feel is what is called for during such times,  and as mentors we are vessels for stability and regulating consistency in the lives of others, and that is so important to the overall health of a persons life especially right now. 

I’d also like to express that if it weren’t for I very well may not have had the inspiration to create the handstand doorknob method. What you and your co- creator Arthur Hong have created has been so beneficial for the greater community in terms of providing them access to our coaching methods during the pandemic and beyond once we become more mobile in the future. So I say thank you again for all of your efforts! 

Stu McKenzie does awesome collaborations with some of the most professional circus artists out there and has a fantastic YouTube page that serves up tons of free content with straightforward and clear instructional tutorials. Check out what AFB is all about and subscribe to his YOUTUBE Page for daily Shoutouts that AFB receives from some of the best in the business.

Aerial Fit Bodies Promo

Stu went viral earlier this year while doing a public stunt with famed photographer Jordan Matter. Watch Stu & and fellow Cirque artists attempt to perform all over NYC during the lockdown. Their efforts gained traction to bring much needed attention to the circus arts industry that has struggled during the pandemic.

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